Chelsea name reduced squad

Under new rules this campaign, Premier League clubs must register a

minimum of eight players who have trained for three years with any

English or Welsh outfit before the age of 21 if the full 25-man

quota is used. Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has instead submitted a

reduced party in which John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and

Ross Turnbull are the only ‘home-grown’ names. Amongst the ‘non

home-grown’ players are Stamford Bridge stars such as Didier

Drogba, the top goalscorer in the Premier League last season,

Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka. Top flight clubs had to make

their squad selections by 5pm on Wednesday following the closure of

the summer transfer window. The Blues have opted against the

big-spending antics of some of their Premier League rivals this

summer, making just two captures in the form of midfield duo

Ramires and Yossi Benayoun, who have both been named in the squad.

In addition to the named line-up, Ancelotti can call upon unlimited

players aged 21 or under, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge,

Jeffrey Bruma and Gael Kakuta at his disposal. Chelsea squad:

Ashley Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ross Turnbull, Petr Cech,

Branislav Ivanovic, Michael Essien, Ramires, Yossi Benayoun, Didier

Drogba, John Mikel Obi, Florent Malouda, Jose Bosingwa, Yury

Zhirkov, Paulo Ferreira, Salomon Kalou, Alex, Henrique Hilario,

Nicolas Anelka.